Artist

Lucas Samaras

Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1961
Pastel on paper
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.8 cm)
 

Head #28, 1983
Ink on paper
29 x 21 1/2 in. (73.7 x 54.6 cm)

Chronology

1936

Lucas Samaras is born on September 14 in Kastoria, Greece.
 

1948

Emigrates to West New York, New Jersey.
 

1950s

After entering the art world as a participant in a number of Happenings, begins making independent work.
 

1955

Begins studying with Allan Kaprow at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
 

Late 1950s-60s

Studies acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York.
 

1959

Graduates from Rutgers University and receives a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to study at Columbia University.
 

1960

Creates his first box.

 

1964

Moves to New York.

1969

Begins making his “AutoPolaroids” series. His first film, Self, premieres at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
 

1971

Samaras’ first retrospective is held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and his first monograph, Lucas Samaras’ Boxes, is published.
 

1973

Begins his “Photo-Transformations” series.
 

1981-83, 1988-89

Traveling retrospectives are organized by the Denver Museum of Art. The latter travels to six American Museums.
 

2004

Over 400 works are exhibited in Unrepentent Ego: The Self-Portraits of Lucas Samaras at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York.
 

2009

Represents Greece at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Paraxena